By Analou De Vera
Government hospitals were placed under ‘code white’ alert during the observance of the Holy Week, the Department of Health (DOH) said.
Health Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo said code white alert refers to the readiness status of health facilities, assuring the availability of general and orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, internists, operating room nurses, ophthalmologists, and otorhinolaryngologists, to respond to any emergency situation.
Health service, nursing, and administrative personnel residing at the hospital dormitories are also placed on an on-call status to enable immediate mobilization.
Earlier, the health department reminded pilgrims and penitents to observe measures to avoid heat stroke and other summer-related illnesses.
The public is advised to bring bottled water, well-packed foods, and an umbrella for church visits or ‘Visita Iglesia.’
People with high blood pressure and other diseases should take their maintenance medicines.
Penitents who will be nailed on the cross or do self-flagellation should sterilize the nails and other sharp objects that they will be using to avoid tetanus.